Right now, at this very moment, someone, somewhere is pushing the boundaries of creativity. And I am glad for it. Because when somebody thinks of something that none has before him or her is when we get amazing works of art. Such as Japanese artist Kumi Yamashita. Her works are eye-openers. It makes you go: How did she even think of that? And then it makes you smile and feel happy that she did.
Kumi Yamashita is primarily known for her shadow works. But it is her thread portraits that have me in spellbound today. She uses a single unbroken thread to create stunning portraits; she calls them constellations.
Yamashita who was born in Japan to a fashion designer mother and industrial designer father has imbibed the Japanese sensibilities found in the artworks of her birth country — Zen principles and perceptive design aesthetics. She currently lives and works in New York
The portraits carry her trademark observation of light and shadow. Yamashita creates these threaded illustrations by wrapping a single sewing thread around thousands of galvanized nails mounted on a painted white board. Shadows are constructed by the density of the thread.
Her works are stupendously mild-altering.
Following in her footsteps is Ukrainian artist Xenyk Palagniuk who wrapped 24 km of thread around 13,000 nails for over 200 hours to create a portrait of single Justin Timberlake. However, unlike Yamashita, he did not use a single thread.
Here’s a video of Palagniuk at (impressive) work